A few great things about living in a small town is the slower pace, less traffic, lower cost of living, and the sound of trains passing through town. One thing that's harder is finding friends for Annabelle.
So, almost two years ago we were shopping at the Children's Place, and Annabelle started chatting up a cute little girl. Her mom was buying clothes, and we were buying clothes, so we just let them talk and play with each other in the store. At this time we'd been in Waco over six months and we'd made zero friends for Annabelle. It didn't help that we don't get out much, and it didn't help that Annabelle is "shy" when it comes to meeting new people. Well, Annabelle just gravitated towards this girl like we'd never seen. Being the sane individuals that we are, we just told the woman (Barbara) that we were new in town, didn't know anyone and if she ever wanted to get the girls together that we would love to do so. Luckily she didn't think we were crazy, and we met up soon after, and we've since become very dear friends. Her youngest daughter and I even share a birthday!
Last weekend we were so glad Barbara and the girls (we missed you Sean) ventured out to visit us. We had a fun afternoon of cake and cupcake decorating, Derek took the girls to the park while Barbara and I stayed back with the babies, and LOTS of dress-up and music playing. This year we will get Caitlin a harmonica for sure. She loved it! Even little Emily got in on the dress-up fun.
It's hard for little kids to realize that we can't just drop everything, and drive a half hour for them to play with friends. It's harder for me to have to say, "maybe next weekend", when Annabelle wakes up so many times asking, "Are we going to the zoo with Cait and her family? So it's very nice to have wonderful friends that we can see...even if we have to arrange it 3 weeks in advance!
The sweetest little princess, Emily
Annabelle & Cait at the park
Annabelle & Cait are little pastry chefs
Cait the harmonica playing cowgirl & Annabelle the princess
Playing in the tunnel